Barack Obama visited Morehouse College on Sunday to give a refrain on the responsibility of Morehouse Men and black America to find dignity and progress in self-reliance, a refrain that has simultaneously proven exciting and excruciating for African Americans over the last four years.
A look at admission practices for many of today's HBCUs reveals a woeful abuse of the black college mission and vision, an uneven exchange of student debt and continuing family hardship for tuition revenues and enrollment numbers.
Dr. Wilson's hire was strategically approved to accomplish two primary goals - to raise big money and to take the negative perception of gay students as far away from the Morehouse brand as possible. One of those things is possible.
As post-racial talk turns towards the utility of race-based admissions in higher education, conversation is bubbling up about the post-racial movement and its impact on historically black colleges. Should HBCUs become more diverse?
Miracles do happen. They happen when people are given a challenge, and when we use our creativity and people to stretch beyond the norm and create a new normal. Miracles can happen in under-resourced universities when faith overrides fear.
Newtown, Tucson, Blacksburg and other communities where gun violence has claimed innocent lives have recently advanced the national discussion on how to curb gun violence, but black colleges have long been the unseen advocacy institutions working to end the same blight.
2012 was an extraordinary year of successes and challenges for HBCU culture, and this list, while not comprehensive, gives an inside look at the gains made by historically black colleges, and the people behind them.
A president earns all that he desires to work for, positively and negatively. But no one ever gives the properly-ran HBCU board the same justly earned kudos when it all goes right, or the fairly earned benefit of the doubt when it all falls apart.
Until a majority of HBCU executives learn to balance the promotion of marching band culture within the larger context of athletic success, Saturday's sweet music will soon evolve into a brass band funeral dirge for many of our proud sports programs.